Mounted image 121: Infrared VISTA view of a stellar nursery in Monoceros

This dramatic infrared image shows the nearby star formation region Monoceros R2, located some 2700 light-years away in the constellation of Monoceros (the Unicorn). The picture was created from exposures in the near infrared bands Y, J and Ks taken by the VISTA survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. Monoceros R2 is an association of massive hot young stars illuminating a beautiful collection of reflection nebulae, embedded in a large molecular cloud.

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Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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Release date:23 March 2011, 15:44
Dimensions:70 cm (W) x 63 cm (H)
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